"Everywhere You Go, There You Are"

There are usually up to five different bands that I play regularly with, plus bands that I put together for specific events, or sit in with from time to time, or run sound for. Click on each profile to learn more about that band, its members, and repertoire.

Bands

(always under construction)

Matt & Tom Turino

Traditional

Original fiddle and banjo tunes out of the old-time string band style.Matt grew up playing old-time and Cajun fiddle tunes with his father Tom, a clawhammer banjo player and button accordionist. Tom has also studied music in India, Peru, . . .

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Huck Fate

Rock/Country Rock

No nonsense rock with a rural attitude and visceral honesty that is delivered with an intesity similar to an onslaught of beefy punches to the gut. Born out the hard-working, DIY ethos that is found throughout the farmlands of the Midwest . . . 

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Reverend Robert & The Rhumba Bums

Blues/Caribbean

Reverend Robert is a master of prewar blues, ragtime and early jazz, Hawaiian, African and Caribbean music. JB and Jay Ferguson (percussion) combine these styles shamelessly with an infectious rhythm and an authentic acoustic sound.

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Cornstalkers Cajun Band

Cajun Dance Music

The Corstalkers Cajun Band (CCB) plays accordion and fiddle-driven dance tunes infused with a heavy dose of blues, ragtime, and old-time. Led by retired University of Illinois professor Tom Turino the CCB's members mostly hail from Central IL but play with the flavor of many places. 



Fairly Odd Duo

Acoustic Americana/Pop

JB & Michelle Faires have amassed a rather unique repertoire that will keep you guessing what's coming next. Drawing from singer-songwriters, both obscure and famous, of every decade of American popular music, The Fairly Odd Duo features the vocals of Michelle and JB, as well as JB's guitar playing, which might surprise those of you who are used to seeing him on bass.

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The Good Dinosaurs

Roots Rock 'n' Roll

Built upon the lo-fi blues rock sound a la Black Keys, Raconteurs, etc., The Good Dinosaurs gained a cult following as a two-piece ensemble featuring Jake (Swampass, Friction Machine) on drums and Joe (Moondogs) on guitar. Officially a band of three now, the trio is building an ever more powerful set of rootsy and gritty rock 'n' roll.

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Mhondoro Rhythm Success

Zimbabwean Pop

Mhondoro Rhythm Success was created with the intention of highlighting the culture of Zimbabwe. Though now defunct, Mhondoro played music of Thomas Mapfumo, The Bhundu Boys, Oliver Mtukudzi, and John Chibadura. Members of the band we either from Zimbabwe, studied music in Zimbabwe, or just wanted to play something completely different.

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Tree Thump

Experimental

Didjeridu driven music with a penetrating, psychedelic vibe and funky drum & bass grooves, topped off with sweet and fiery explorations on the electric violin. Band leader, Phil Clark has played didjeridu for fifteen years, and has traveled to northern Australia several times over to learn more about the instrument from some of its traditional custodians, the Aboriginal people of Northeast Arnhem Land.

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